How to propagate plants from clippings

Naturally having grown up with a momma who is a gardener and then studying Landscape Archictecture in school, I am what one might call a “plant lady.” No shame in the game. Other than when you constantly are saving your money to buy plants and killing them (cough cough nope not me, tee hee). But what can be a serious game changer if you are a fellow plant lady is this fancy word called “propagation.” Basically we are making plant babies! That sounds kind of odd- let me explain. It’s so easy to propagate, simply cut off a plant vine (only certain kinds do better than others) and then there are a few different ways to propagate but the easiest is with water! You allow your little plant to dry out and callous a bit, then pop it in water!!

SO now that you are ready to propagate (word of the day!!) you might be wondering what plants you can actually successfully re-create? Here is a handy list of plants that do great with propagation.

ZZ Plant*
Jade
Wandering Jew*
Holiday Cactus
Most Succulents
Pothos*
Philodendron
Grape Ivy
Coleus
Rubber Plant
Weeping Fig
Geranium
Ivy
Monstera
Podocarpus
Poinsettia

*pictured above

Some of these plants are toxic to pets and children so be sure to do your HW before purchasing!!

Depending on the plant, over the next few days or weeks you will see roots begin to sprout. Once you see a root you are in the clear to pop that new plant in some soil and continue to water. Make sure you are placing your new plant baby in a spot that allows for enough sunshine too (I would put where you have the original plant since you know that was a successful spot) until this plant is really established. You also might be wondering why you can’t just cut and place the vine straight into water, but rather have to let it “dry out” when you are just putting it into water? Great question!! You see not ALL my plant cuttings have been successful, and I have researched to find that if you slice and then place directly into the water the plant could be getting too much water at once, then resulting in rot. Better to have the plan create a little callous, then place in water for a smoother transition. Genius!

Chanda and I both love to collect old cool bottles and vases to propagate our plants in, sometimes we even just let the roots go wild and don’t plant them in soil because it is SO fun to see the roots and know you did that (well kinda) #proudplantmom

Good luck with your plant babies, please share any plants we are missing or tips you might have!! Cheers my friends!
xo
Sam

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